Big Mother Bay Fishing runs fishing trips around the bay waters that surround South Padre Island, Texas. These fisheries offer a range of tasty and feisty fish to catch, with Reds, Trout, and Snook leading the way. But, there’s much more to catch, and Capt. Kevin will help you make the most out of your trip.

Year round, these waters prove to be lucrative fishing spots, but to have a blast, you will need someone who’s versed in getting the fish to bite. Capt. Kevin has accommodated numerous repeat customers and will cater to novice and pro anglers with same professionalism.

You will join Kevin and launch into Lower Laguna Madre waters. There, you will be able to target Red Drum, Black Drum, Trout, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, and more. Capt. Kevin will supply the light tackle to get around these beauties, and it is included in the trip rates.

To get to these hot spots, you will be boarding a 22’ Shoalwater center console that can take up to four people. She is powered by a 150 HP Yamaha HDPI engine and can reach the speeds of up to 45 knots. The boat is rigged with GPS, a Hummingbird fishfinder, stores life jackets, features a live bait well and two coolers.

You can try a variety of techniques, using either artificial lures or live bait. You can try drift fishing, bottom fishing, jigging, spinning, popping, or even fly fishing - but bring your own fly fishing gear.

Capt. Kevin will supply rods, reels, tackle, ice, water, with the option of filleting your catch. You should bring a valid fishing license, snacks and drinks. Pack sunglasses, sunblock, a cap, comfortable clothes, and a non-marking shoes. Also, bring a camera to get a photo of your catch. Come along for a nice day out.



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  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    This standard package takes you on a six hour fishing trip. You will be fishing around Laguna Madre waters in search of Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, Crevalle, Trout, and Mangrove Snapper. Bring your own fishing license, pack snacks and drinks. The gear is supplied onboard. You will need a valid fishing license. The trip is suitable for kids as well, or less experienced anglers. Capt. Kevin knows these waters well and will show you how to get the fish you want.
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About the Captain

Kevin Nicholls
South Padre Island, Texas, United States
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
33 Customer reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since September 2016
Captain Kevin Nicholls is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed and Texas registered fishing guide who provides inshore fishing trips around South Padre Island. He caters to anglers of all levels of expertise and will gladly accommodate you aboard his boat. he knows these waters well and will show you how to claim your prize.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Crab Crab
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Boat specs

Shallow Stalker (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 150HP Evinrude engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Hummingbird
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
two coolers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 33 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
74%
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Jesse A.
Buchanan Dam, TX
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Day trip with Capitan Nicholls

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on September 28, 2022
Capt Kevin is always great at finding fish. He is like fishing with a good friend. Very concerned about you having a good time....
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Cierra K.
San Angelo, TX
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6 hour trip with Captain Kevin and Chef sid!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on June 27, 2021
Highly recommend this fishing trip whether bay or deep sea fishing. Great community service and amazing people! Not only do...
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Matthew K.
Haslet, TX
Excellent
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1/2 Day with Captain Kevin was great

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 8, 2020
I took my my 7 & 15yr old girls out with me and Kevin got us on some big drum early for the girls.  After they tired out he...
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Jesse A.
Buchanan Dam, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Capt. Kevin gives more than you expect.

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on November 3, 2021
We had a great day. Caught lots of fish and really enjoyed his story telling. I go back next time I’m in South Padre.
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Jake S.
San Antonio, TX
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 3, 2020
Captain Kevin did a great job putting my daughter and I on the fish.  Very informative and helpful.  He went well past our...
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FAQs about Big Mother Bay Fishing

Big Mother Bay Fishing offers the following trip to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Mother Bay Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder Hummingbird
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box two coolers

Trips booked with Big Mother Bay Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Big Mother Bay Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Big Mother Bay Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Big Mother Bay Fishing include:
  • Black Drum
  • Crab
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Ladyfish
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Whiting